I’ve had the rather good fortune to get a free ride to work for almost a year now. That just came to a crashing halt. Through a series of unfortunate events more horrible than those suffered by a trio of orphans I’m now faced with having to pay to get myself to and from work. Here are my options on what to do:
1) Take the car. In this case I would get to and from work quickly, but the costs would include parking downtown for over $100/month plus increased gas usage. Not to mention increased maintenance costs.
2) Take the bus for $57/month. Cheap, but I’m stuck on a schedule and it takes longer to get home.
In the end I’ve decide I’m going to go with #2. Why? The lower cost is good, but I can also get a bus pass and use a tax credit to further reduce my costs. As well, having someone else doing the driving means I can get some reading done during my longer commute.
I’m aware I’ll also have some waiting at bus stops in the freezing cold winter, but on the really bad days I might just break down and use the car.